John Johnson (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

John Johnson (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

John Johnson

Missing Person

John Johnson
Age at Report: 71
DOB: October 23, 1925
Weight: 190 lbs.
Height: 5′ 07″
Race: White
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Incident Type: Endangered / physical
Missing From: Des Moines, IA
Polk County
Missing Since: December 11, 1996

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John Johnson, 71, was reported missing to the Des Moines Police Department on December 11, 1996.

He is described as a 5-foot-7 white male weighing 190 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Johnson was last seen wearing a black fur hat with earflaps, a brown tweed coat, a royal blue hooded sweatshirt, blue pants and a belt. He wears glasses.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety lists his classification as “Endangered/Physical,” meaning a person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating that his/her physical safety is in danger.

Information Needed

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Des Moines Police Department at 515-283-4800 or the Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse at 800-346-5507.


4 Responses to John Johnson

  1. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    Did Mr Johnson, have any family? Also did he have any medical issues. Also, there is no mention of him having a vehicle. I hate when there are few details.

    • Patrick Kerrigan says:

      I searched him on Ancestry, and found that John Thomas Johnson, was born on October 23, 1925 in Columbus, Ohio. This is according to his State of Iowa WW II veteran bonus. He served in the U.S. Marines Corps from October 8, 1943 until March 9, 1946. It does not mention what unit or division he was attached to.

      I could not find a marriage record. I assume he may have used the VA for his medical care. However, there is a SS Death Index entry showing he died on March 15. 1998. Someone did not wait long in my book. His last residence was Des Moines, Iowa.

  2. Vesta Stammer says:

    There is a John R. “Johnny” Johnson who is listed in the obituary of the Muscatine Journal, February 22, 2011. The birthday is shown as nearly the same as the John Johnson missing on your website, which is October 15, 1935. They also look similar, per the pictures shown.

    It is a common name, but just thought I would send this information along to you.

    Vesta Stammer

    • Jody Ewing says:

      Thank you for your comment, Vesta. I’ve compared the two John Johnsons, and though there’s a remarkable resemblance in the eyes, the “missing” John Johnson has a somewhat wider nose and his forehead is narrower than the Burlington John Johnson. Both were born in October, but the missing Des Moines J.J. was born in 1925, and the Burlington J.J. in 1935.

      I read the Burlington J.J.’s obituary you referenced, and given the huge success he had with his career (and given how long the other J.J. has been listed on the IDPS’s website), I’d think someone from the Burlington J.J.’s family would have contacted the IDPS earlier to let them know.

      Then again, the Des Moines J.J.’s birth date and year could have been listed incorrectly, and there’s always the chance they could be one and the same. Cases end up being solved when people like you do exactly what you did, which is bring details and questions out into the open for further checking, so I thank you for taking the time to write and ask about it. I’ll keep an eye and ear out and let you know if I find out anything else. All best, Jody

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